confined to camps and denied doctors. the conversation will continue on, @ajconsiderthis. we'll see you next time. next time. >> clz hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler in new york. it is 11 on the east coast, 8:00 out west. you are watching the only national live new cast of this hour. plea to america - iraq's government asks for u.s. air strikes as rebels attack the largest refinery graphic video of a police officer shooting a prisoner to death - questions of whether it was justified.
new york state citizenship - the law-makers behind the proposal of undocumented workers. trump towers over chicago. the city fights back. we talk to the pulitzer prize-winning critic taking on the donald. tonight the situation in iraq is getting worse. the country's biggest oil refinery is under attack. hundreds of thousands fled sectarian violence. in washington, president obama met with congressional leaders and made it clear he did not need their approval to act. what could and should he do. randall pinkston reports. >> the white house will release a statement saying congressional leaders will release a statement
on efforts to help iran. confronting the threat from i.s.i.l. will require iraqi l d leaders to come together. reporter: for more than an hour president obama held a meeting with congression to update them. it was to: with fighters from i.s.i.l. and other groups taking more territory, iraqi officials made a formal request for air strikes. the u.s. military is on standby for orders. the president has not made a decision. on capitol hill... >> do you think it's too late? >>..a tense confrontations as the obama administration was accused of losing the gains the u.s. made during 9 years of law. >> i don't think we should assign the blame for the united
states. we go back to who is responsible. i.s.i.l. invaded. the current government in iraq has never fulfilled the equipment it made to bring a unity government together with the sunnis, kurd, and shia. u.s. diplomats met with nouri al-maliki to encourage reconciliation with all factions in iraq, and to tell him president obama intends to link any military u.s. assistance to a unity government. many observers say nouri al-maliki is unlikely to agree to change. >> he's turned out to be a sectarian leader. margin ammizing the kurds, the sunnis, alienating the sunnis, alienating the kurds, and perceiving a centralized government in baghdad. that really was a recipe for disaster. >> the obama administration snests that there is little -- insists that there is little that could have been done to say the people from their leaders.
>> vice president vice president joe biden is involved in the crisis. vice president joe biden made phone calls to iraqi leaders representing shia, kurdish and sunni factions, pledging that the u.s. will stand in sol ied carte in its fight against i.s.i.l. now to the fight over oil in iraq. sunni rebels attacked the biggest refinery. it produces more than a quarter of oil. the government said the forces beat the rebels back. witnesses say the rebels controlled the refinery. i asked jane about the importance of the refinery. >> it's significant not only because it's close to baghdad, but it's the biggest in iraq. it refines gasoline, kerosene, diesel. it's what is needed to generate electricity and power plants. it is potentially a huge deal.
having said that, it's not in the interests of the gunmen, insurgents, to stop it from running. they are trying to portray themselves as gooted for the country, the people and will not be wanting to stop the flow of fuel. what is the situation with refining oil in iraq, based on what is going on in the country. >> if you take a look at oil prices, they have gone up marginally. that generally means that oil exporting countries are betting that the second biggest producer in opec, the organization of petroleum exporting companies, is not going to take a huge hit in the exports, probably because the oil fields are in the south. the south is shia, relatively safe. it's the swath in the north of iraq, around kirkuk and places like that, that are at risk. the oil fields are under
peshmerga, kurdish fighter control, and they have not suffered. clearly if this continues, and if the - if the i.s.i.l. conditions to make gapes, then peel are going to get worried. >> the big concern is about i.s.i.l. moving into baghdad, what is the latest on that now? >> right now it looks as if they are nowhere close. there is fighting on the western outskirts of baghdad in the neighbour hood of abu grab. that's always been volatile. >> how has i.s.i.l. changed life in baghdad, if any, for the last few days. >> one of the things about baghdad and iraq, things that are untenable are normal. in baghdad you can have a dozen car bombs go off. it doesn't affect daily life, unless it happens in your neighbourhood. this is different. it has a feel of what it was like waiting for air strikes in
2003, or before that. this time it could be so much worse. it's really hard to exaggerate or over emphasize the historic nature of what has happened. all of these cities falling to sunni extremists. the iraqi government forces melting away. it's hugely worrying. in baghdad, though they have a huge tolerance for risk, and a lot of sad experience with war, it is having an effect. there are long lines of gasoline stations. people are stocking up on food. prices have gone up. if you try to get a seat out of the country at the airport, you are pretty much out of luck. a lot of people who can leave are leaving. jane reporting from iraq. thank you. in washington the push for immigration reform is stalling, it's picking up steam in several states, including new york. it is considering giving some
undocumented citizens state citizenship. we will talk to the law maker behind that moments. jonathan betz joins us with the story. >> texas announce it's sending a surging of troops to the border. one law maker is sending a different message. leaders struggle with a lot of different ideas, trying to handle what has been described as a cries suss much. >> for the -- crisis. >> for the new americans a path to citizenship was a path of words from the first lady. >> i want you all to know my husband has made this the top legislative requirementy. >> president obama is finding it hard to get congress on board, offering 11 million undocumented immigrants to become citizens. the house would in the consider the bill. john boehner urged colleagues to act. they resisted.
he has lost eric cantor through a defeat in the virginia primary, raising consequence about compromise. >> reporter: what message does that send about the future to immigration? >> there has been speculation eric cantor's stance cost him his job, rivals saying he was too soft. supporting conforms could drive away conservative voters. most americans support a pathway. 19% say they want to deport all people living here illegally. two years ago president obama allowed certain undocumented immigrants arriving as children to get temporary work permits to avoid deportation. the change fed confusion and led to a surge of kids crossing the border alone. that policy does not apply to new arrivals. ilimmigration is down overall,
more than 47,000 children entered the country illegally since october. most are from central america. it overwhelmed the border patrol and put pressure on the barack obama administration. >> vice president joe biden heads to guatemala. new york is considering granting its own citizenship to its own workers, and the move in new york and texas - they illustrate the desperation to do something about congress. >> we have more on the story out of the new york. new york state senator revara is spear heading the bill. joining us from albany. welcome. >> good evening. >> can you explain why you decided to move on this bill. were you frustrated with congress. >> well, first of all, it's a project that we have been working on in new york, for the last two years. with the story you told, tells
us when it comes to the failure at the national level, there's something that states need to do. what we asked ourselves, what states can do, and what we looked at is the fact that we can constitutionally, unlike in arizona, which wasp found unconstitutional because the state of arizona tried to do something that the federal government only has the power to do. we are saying in the state of new york that we con provide benefits to people contributing, not just undocumented, but people here legally. >> what about undocumented people. would that apply - would this apply to them? >> it would. what we are saying is if you can prove your identity, a resident of the new york for three years, taxes for three years, continue to serve on jury duty, you'll be provided documentation saying you are a citizens of the state
of new york. we are within our constitutional boundaries, since we as new yorkers - we can determine who new yorkers are. it would include folks, not just them, but 2.7 million people. >> i don't want to belabour this. there wouldn't be citizens of the united states, but would be citizens of the state of new york. you say that's legal. do you think you have the votes to pass the bill. >> not at this time, like marriage equality, it's something that needs to be worked on for a period of time. way we did with the bill was introduce it, start the conversation. hopefully it would be a national one. we have one day left in the legislative session this year. it was never going to pass this year, it's about starting a conversation about who is
responsible. >> what did governor como tell you about the dill? >> i haven't spoken to him about it yet. >> he doesn't support it so far. >> the statement from his office is they are looking at the legislation, and they'll make their comments later. i can tell you that we are looking for support within the senate assembly and the governor, they are conversations that are ongoing. >> what do you say to people that suggest that you are just going around federal law and trying to find a loophole to let citizen in, that don't deserve to be in the country to begin with. what do you say to that? >> i say the reality - there's 2.7 million in the state of new york, that contribute to the state. what we are saying is these individuals, if they are here for three years, prove the identity, pay taxes and agree to serve op jury duty, would be allowed to get the benefits on
special licences. education, medicaid, a state benefit, and vote in local and state elections. all of this is within the boundaries of what can be done. i would repeat that these are people contributing to the state, but are not allowed the opportunity to participate in civic, political and check life at the state. this is a way to do it. >> this is a bill that could have huge implications for the country and other states. we'll watch it here in the state of new york. >> it's good to have you here in the programme. thank you. >> looking forward to being back. >> we'll have you back. prices could go up at the pump. two senator want to raise the tax. it could be the first time in more than 20 years, and an extra $0.12 a gallon. the bipartisan plan was sponsored by senators chris murphy and chris corker.
their solution to put in a trust fund and that pay for government highway and transit programs. tough questions for the c.e.o. of general motors. lawmakers asking her again why g.m. waited so long to recall cars with faulty ignition switches. >> reporter: family members sat in the back of the room, silent witnesses from a decade long delay. company secretary mary barra apologised, insisting she changed the culture. >> i will not rest until the problems are resolved. i'm not afraid of the troof. i'm not going to accept business as usual from g m. >> as accidents and deaths mounted g.m. did not consider the ignition switch a safety issue, each though the chevy
cobalt and chevy ion would stall. the man in charge of the investigation testified about a culture of secrecy and a lack of accountability, ef dep in a decision to close a probe of these vehicles in 2005. >> one of the key problems we found is the fact that lack of documentation. when we went to find out why did they close the investigation, there are no notes. everyone at the meeting pointed to someone else in the meeting for having responsibility, having closed the matter. what were the circumstances that caused the closure to take place. there's not a single one in the company with the integrity to say "i think you're making a mistake." >> reporter: law-makers ed hard on whether barra is remaking the g.m. culture. >> why the foot dragging. is this typical of g.m.'s
investigations into a product. how do you propose to change it? >> we already have, with the way we work through recalls today? >> reporter: barra said they are setting up a compensation fund or ignition switch victims, although the company argues it has no league at responsibility. >> instead of protecting the g m, protect the families. >> anderson survived, but her fiance didn't. she pleaded guilty to whommo side. >> to carry a weight for so years that you are responsible for someone's death is horrible im. >> reporter: she said no one at gm indicated that the accident may not have been her make. g.m. is not the only auto maker under fire. the national transportation
safety board says it's investigating a hazard in chrysler vehicles. it received complaints that a driver's knee can hit the key in the ignition, causing it to stal stall. more pressure on the washington red skips to change their team's name a federal board ruled that it is demeaning to native americans. >> good evening, we had high profile names calling for the redskins name to go. chief among them the president of the united states, and the majority leader in the senate. today a government agency said it is inappropriate for red skins to be registered as a trademark. >> the trials and appeals board of the trademark office is stripping them of application, calling it disparaging to native americans. other companies could be free to
manufacture or sell merchandise like team shirts and coffee muds. a native american that brought the kags eight years ago said it's a great victory for native america americans: . >> but the team is not too worried. the patented trademark office has done this almost a dozen times. the redskins got the trademark back an appeal. the case is no different from an earlier case where the board cancelled the red kin's trademark registrations and where a board disappeared and reversed. >> this is the n.f.l. the best of any sports league at protecting its properties. you want to see others putting pressure on the red skins. however, the mark for the redskins is worth $150 million. i don't think they are really going to give that up quick.
>> reporter: pressure is mounting on the team owner dan schneider to change the name. president obama said if he was the team owner he'd think about opening it. majority leader harry reid is boycotting games and says the writing is on the wall. >> daniel schneider may be the last person in the world to realise that it's a matter of time to change the game. >> 50 senators wrote it the n.f.l.: . >> well, the redskins may have lost the trademark temporarily, nothing is likely to happen until the appeals process is over. that could last several years. a drought is impacting areas of the west. from wildfires to water restrictions, the area is feeling the heat. kevin corriveau is there with that. >> we'll take you to oregon.
that's where we see the latest wildfires. look at the video from hood river. crews are out there battling the fires. it's over 50 acres, and we expect them to get bigger. they are dealing with gusty winds. we are in a prolonged drought going on for years across the region, but are in the dry season. radar - there's no rain, sunny skies. going down towards california, we'll take you to sacramento. they put signs out about saving water. that killed the lawn. the fir hatcheries in california are -- fish hatcheries in california are releasing the fish because they are running out of waters and the temperatures are rising and that means that they cannot sustain
the fish in the hatcheries, and they'll put them back into the rivers. the drought situation is anywhere from severe. wait until you see the dark areas. that is it exceptional drought across the region. we are in the dry season. this will not get better until we get towards october and never. coming up, death in custody, the killing of a handcuffed inmate captured on tape. brand name. donald trump takes on chicago, and we talk to the critic taking on donald trump.
for the first time in 39 years a new king ascends to the throne in spain. crown prince felipe will exceed his father. no riche generation. they are mindful of the economic crisis. he wants to downplay the congregation. with the start of spain's new rein comes the end of the world to the country's world cup heaps in the biggest upset of the day. chilla beat the spaniards 2-0.
the second lost ends the title. for chileans it is the beginning. part of the enthusiasm comes from heroes, 33 minors trapped in a gave for more than two months. lucia newman has the story. now they are doing it again in a campaign add to support the team. >> in this place we were trapped for 70 days. the earth swallowed us. we knew that outside there were millions of chileans who believed in us. that's why we are taking this dirt to brazil, to where the team is based. to fill them with hope and courage, and to show the world that for a chilean, nothing is impossible. spain, holland, we are not
afraid of the group of death because we have looked death in the face, and come out victorious. >> reporter: it's that determination that brought tens of thousands of chileans here to support the team, and to show that they are not intimidated by the group of death, the luck of the draw that pitted chilla against two of the toughest. >> chile has a great team. it's the underdog, the cinderella compared to rivals spain and holland. that's why all these people, thousands, cross the and yes, because they think it will make the difference. . >> we can do it. >> fans scoff at the suggestion that chile is the cinderella of the group.
>> no game ends after midnight. remember, that brazil is technical director is nervous about playing chilla. don't underestimate us. >> on copa cobana beach a group of musicians work up the fans. they need no encouragement. . >> we have saved money. we took time off from work and for the kids to miss school, to give the team courage. >> day and night they wave their flag and cry a chance that almost everyone, no maurt from what country knows by heart. coming up next - guns around the world. next up u.s. a, why it seems we have a bigger problem here than in any other country.
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this is al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler. coming up, fatal shooting - new allegations of excessive force after security video shows a texas police officer shooting a suspect. till death do us part - even on death row, the romance between a landscape architect and an inmate. larger than life - the controversy over the sign on donald trump's new chicago tower. newly released video has police in texas at the center of controversy, showing an el paso police officer shooting and killing an inmate. jonathan betz is back with the report. some of what you are about to
see a graphic. >> reporter: it's a brief moment. an officer fires a shot at a handcuffed prisoner struggling on the ground. police say the story begins before. after resisting for months, el paso place showed what happened when danny, a body builder, was killed at the jal. he was arrested for assault and soon after began to arrest officers. >> they are seen dragging the 37-year-old through the gaol. as they try to lift him to his feet, he struggles. guards try to hold him down. he kicks and turns. as they struggle. the officer reaches for a stun gun, but pulls out his pistol. three seconds later he fires a shot, hitting him in the shoulder. >> it was no accident that the officer pulled his gun. the discharge of the weapon was an unfortunate accident.
>> the victim's attorney said the officer went off when a guard in a light-coloured vest fell. they were concerned about the strength of the inmate, and a stun gun failed earlier that day. if mr signs had the cuffs in front of him, he could have used them to strangle the civilian contractor or officer flores, or someone else that got in the way. >> blood poured from signs. the officer performed c.e.r. signs dies. the death ignited anger along the border city. signs was a body builder. the autopsy she had he had steroids and stimulants in his system, and said to be acting erratically. supporters find his death difficult to understand, wondering how much of a threat a man could pose, handcuffed.
there have been more than 60 mass shootings in the united states in the last three decades. after each, the u.s. has gone through a cycle of national soul-searching and debate - how did this happen, what can we do to keep it from happening. nothing changes. the cycle repeats. after a deadly rampage in loss las vegas, and a high school shooting president obama vented his own frustrationsism. >> we are the only developed country in the world where it happens. it happens not just one day a week, and it's a one day story. there's no place like this. a lot of people say it's a mental health problem. the united states does not have a monopoly on crazy people. so tonight in our series
"guns around the world", we turn our attention to the united states. the question - why do mass shootings happen here, more than any other country. paul beban takes a look. we are an outlier, worse than ever -- outlier, worse than every other country. >> reporter: the numbers tell the story, in 200380% of firearm deaths were in the united states. 86% of all women killed by firearms were american. and 87% of all children younger than 14 killed by firearms were, you guessed it, american. the reason, says harvard's david hemingway is simple - the more guns have more guns and weaker gun laws than anywhere else. >> all the countries cannes understand the yate. they are bewildered why we let people die unnecessarily. why brings us to the other
thing no other country has, the second amendment, which according to a supreme court ruling constitutionally guarantees individual gun rights, but it has not always been that way, says author jo b, rbeck. >> in '76 gun owners were called a patriot army. whoa, that's heavy stuff. anyone that restricts your ownership is a potential tyrant, someone taking away your freedom. the gun rights' language defined the debate. once you make a gun a symbol of season. >> your right to have a gun should not infringe on my right to live. >> regulating guns cost john his job. a former police officer elected to the colorado senate. he helped to pass gun control measures, following the attack and theatre shooting in aurora.
last year he was ousted by 343 votes in the state's recall election which featured heavy spending by the rifle association. even so. the tide is turning. >> i do think we'll get there. this is commonsense. as the adage goes, americans will eventually do the right thing, we've just got to do everything else first. >> for decades the party line sounded like what i heard from rich wyatt, a gun store owner in denver. >> more guns equals less crime. it's inevitable. it's proven through the country. >> what we can tell from the studies and data, that is wrong. it's not whether there's more guns, there's a lot of crime. >> reporter: it brings us back to the line about crazy people and mass shooting. they account for the fraction of
gun violence in the u.s., stopping the horrifying and high profile crimes would make us feel safer, but the way the second amendment is interpreted, just about any american has access to deadly force any time they wanted. and the debate continues over the interpretation of the second amendment. i asked michael walled ron who wrote "the second amendment biography", about when it recognised the citizen's rights to bear arms. >> the supreme court ruled that the second amendment recognises an individual right to gun ownership in 2008. that was the first time. it ruled otherwise before that. when the court made that ruling, it said it was following the original intent of the framers, when awe look at what they were thinking about when they were thinking about the second amendment. it was not about individual gun rights, it was to preserve the
local military institutions. >> let's read the amendment. it's short. a well-regulated militia necessary to the free state, the rite of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed. what does it mean? >> back then every adult white man eventually, was in the white militia. they were required by law to own a gun and keep it at home. it was a right to fulfil an ability to serve. they believe they fought off tyranny, a lot of americans were worried that there was too much power given to the government. and they were worried it would crush the militia. the second amendment was designed to protect an army of the citizen soldiers.
>> what role did the n.r.a. play. they played a classic role in changing the constitution. in the 1970s, there was a revolt in cincinnati, a new leadership was voted in, converting it to a crusade to a second amendment. if you go to the headquarters of the n.r.a. in virginia, there on the wall is the second amendment. they have to look closely. they edited out the part about the well-regulated militia. they and other gun rights, supporters produced scholarship. they moved public opinion. over time it's the mainstream view that is is an individual right. going to the court of public opinion, winning before you go to the court of law. >> so that matters. >> that matters. >> it's not the law, the letter
of the law, not the strict interpretation of the constitution. it's what the judge tells us, justices tell us. the justice says it. it's not that they are reading public opinion polls. what we think as americans changes how the justices rule. think about gay marriage or civil rights or campaign finance laws, where they strike down the laws. all reflect activism and the push and pull of public debate. >> how much does the right to bear arms mean. >> the supreme court ruled having a handgun in your home to protect yourself. >> okay. what about carrying guns on the street. what about carrying an assault weapon. what about carrying it into the fast food restaurant or a parking lot. we are seeing this all over the country. able to visits are walking -- activists are walking around
with scary looking guns to show they can. i think it's backfiring. i think it makes them look extreme, and it's underscoring for people that, you know, a world where everyone was armed and everyone knew everyone that was armed, would not be the place to live tomorrow, guns in canada. our neighbour to the north, to get a world away in terms of gun laws. the story of the west memphis three spanned decades. and documentaries. damien eccles was one, he and two others were convicted of killing. he and two others were respected. they maintained their innocence. ekels received a letter from
lori davis, a landscape artist. she left her life to help him, without knowing him. they are husband and wife and are here to talk about a book qur yours for eternity, a love story on death row." thank you for joining us. why did you write the book? >> it was a tough decision. i'm hoping to inspire people in relationships and difficult relationships. we get questions. we speak at universities and schools. we are asked the question how did you do it, how did you maintain the relationship through dyer circumstances. even though it's so personal, we wanted to inspire people. >> you say you wrote thousands of letter, and the book is chock full of letters. the one that strikes me that you see a copy of is the one that you wrote lori and you said
loving you saved my life. loving her saved your life. what did it do. what did loving him do for him. >> completely changed my life in every way. >> i moved from new york where i was living. i had a roughly life here. i immersed myself in a different culture, the legal system, and had to learn about hiring lawyers and investigating, raising money. the course of 16 years. i knew damien. it goes on and on. he taught me to conquer fear. >> you know there are people that watch the interview. there are a lot of young women that write letters to inmates, many on death row. how did you know that she was right, that she was real, she was true. >> i guess it was - due to the documentaries that had come out, and the website that people had put together to spread awareness about the case, i received, you
know, letters from poem all over the world, as many as 188 in an until day. i knew from the first letters that i received from lori, that she was unlike anyone i had known. she was outside my frame of reference, from a different world. she would say things that most people wouldn't think twice about, things that were part of mundane life. the way she saw them made it magical, making me want to see the world through her eyes, be like her. >> four or five letters a day. >> sometimes we did, yes. >> you don't have a lot of things to do in prison. you got a lot of things to do outside of prison, but you are spending n ae norms amount of -- an enormous amount of time. when i look at the letter, and the detail, and you're pouring out your heart and soul, both of
you. you didn't meet him or marry him for some time. how did you know it was ill. >> i never met anyone like him in my life. >> you hadn't met him. >> we fell in love with each other's minds. to me that was it. his intelligence, creativity, curiosity, as you can see from the letters and the amount that we corresponded with each other - it's still like that. we talk to each other all the time. >> you get out. what is your life like now? >> very hectic. odd. people expect you to be excited and happy that you are out of prison, and you are, but most don't weren't the level of shock and trauma that not only was i in prison for 20 years, but i was in solitary confinement for a decade. i wept from that to living on
the streets of new work. >> you live in new york. >> we live in harr lep lem. -- harlem. when he got out of prison he kept little pieces of foil. you didn't mention it because you realised what he had been through. >> right. but it took me about six months to understand how devastating it was to him. i didn't have the slightest idea what i was doing. >> did you write letters after you got out of prison. >> we started texting. >> because you were so - you know, consistent kept writing the letters and pouring out your sole. i mean, a tribute to your love for each other. how has life been - you shared your love whilst you were apart. how much has life been together? >> i think we - you know, all in
all there was about 5,000 letters that we wrote to each other. when we got them in one place they weighed almost 120 pounds. we kind of got a little burnt out on writing. now that we don't have to write, we are more thankful for it. we had form said connections on every other level, emotional and psychological and spiritual levels, whenever we did, and i was out of it, being together physically was like another subtle lair added to all of that. honestly, it didn't feel like a huge change. >> what do you do now? >> a little bit of everything. i write a lot. lori writes a lot. i've had a lot of art show. we do a lot of talks at law schools. >> are you doing landscape architecture. >> i haven't. i haven't had a chance to do it. >> maybe in the future. >> possibly. >> it's an if as fating story, a
northern plains, we are seeing activity and severe weather. tornados are popping up. june has been a month of above average tornados. i want to roll back the clock. i want to go back to january. we only have four tornados in january. this has been the trend from february to march as well as april where they have a few. only 320 tornados compared to the average 350. may was below average. when we got to june, from the 1st to the 17th, we have seen 233 tornados. normally we would see 132. we are only halfway through the month when tornados are forming, and some are forming this evening. the heat across the sea board - we have seen record-breaking heat. for tomorrow, it's going to be hot. especially across the eastern sea bored with richmond at 95. up to the north we'll cool off
louisiana governor bobby jinnedal is trying to get the core out of his state - what the students are supposed to learn each year. he issued that it should be thrown out and new standards put together. they say he has signed off on common core and can't call it quits. >> at some point you have to say enough is enough. this is where we're draying the line in louisiana. >> jindal says he sees the core as a takeover of the education, each though the federal government had no role in it. we'll have more in this tomorrow night. controversy in chicago. you can see who is at the center of it. donald trump. a new sign comes understand fire.
chicago mayor calls the trump sign tasteless and is looking into having it removed. the city council voted for the installation. the sign covers 2900 feet. under the 36-00 feet that was approved. the "chicago tribune"'s pulitzer prize-winning critic calls it brash and eco tisticcal and joins us from chicago. welcome. >> great to be here. >> brash and eco tisticcal - but what's wrong with the sign? >> well, this is a story of the five letters spelling eyesore. signs are okay in certain places, times square, los angeles, but in chicago donald trump's tour is at the entrance to the great shopping street, next to a group of historic skye scrapers, like the wrigley building, and the river walk and
has come in like a scraching billboard. it's a sign that is nearly half as long as a football field. i said, "donald everyone knows it's your tower, why do you need to put your name on it?" . >> he puts his name on all his buildings. he put his name on a bunch of buildings here. he built a big building, shouldn't it have a big name. >> it's funny, the empire state building, the chrysler building don't need names, the building is the signment for the first six years, 2002 to today. there was no sign. i talked to donald trump. i said "are you planning to put a sign on your building. obviously he was fibbing. he did have approval. as soon as he got approval recently he put up the sign.
>> donald trux called the architectural critic, the pulitzer prize critic. a third-rate architecture critic. how do you react to that? >> i don't want to get into the gutter with donald trump. >> he puts his name on everything. weren't you expecting that? >> of course i was. that's why i said "donald, are you going to put a sign on", he said "no. you might force me to do it." that's stilly. the only person -- silly, the only person that can force donald trump is himself. chicago cares about its architecture. in the buildings around it, like the rigly building, they don't have sirnings there's a little sign on the tribunal tower, they
are smaller, setting back from the river and they are not in your face. donald trump told me, he said "this will be a subtle sign." donald trump is a master of subtlety. this is as subtle as goss zila. >> what is the reaction from the readers? >> there's a slip, i think it's fair to say. a lot of people are furious at the sign, considering it an affront to the architectural heritage. there are leaders that think because it's donald trump's building that he should be able to do what he can do. >> do you have a solution, or do you think heel challenge it? >> i doubt he'll change it. the sign has been approved. it's hard for the city to make a developer take down a sign that's approved. mayor emanuel said he would like
to prevent other signs like this going up in the future. i think that's realistic. take a look at this from jon stewart in the daly show. >> i think this is on you. did you not think donald trump was going to put his name on the building that he builds. it's what he does. have you been to new york. or as you think it would be called from the building "new trump city." >> did this one gets more attention than you thawing, this story, this critic. >> yes, i loved jon stewart, it was hilarious the way he poked fun at trump. the story got a tonne of attention, it showed how much people cared. in other parts of chicago we have special sign regulations. look, i'm from new jersey. i have been to new york.
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